Lightning Safety

 Youíre grilling hamburgers on the backyard patio. As you flip them over, you notice that the sky getting dark. Pretty soon you see a flash of lightning. Then you hear a clap of thunder. What should you do? What precautions should you take? Thunder and lightning storms are a fairly common occurrence. But itís important to realize just how dangerous lightning can be and the damage it can do.

 From 2002 to 2005, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association says that U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 31,400 fires started by lightning per year. The fires caused an estimated average of 12 deaths, 57 injuries and $213 million in property damage per year. The National Weather Service reported that lightning strikes caused 47 deaths in 2006. Most of the victims were outside when lightning struck.

 To keep everyone safe, NFPA and Burlington Community Fire Protection District  recommend that you follow these safety guidelines:  








 These simple precautions during a lightning storm can save lives and decrease the chances of injury and damage.